It’s 5 o’clock and 85 degrees somewhere… and because it is, I ignored the snowstorm outside yesterday and whipped up a green piña colada smoothie (virgin, because it was a pre-workout snack and nobody wants to be that girl who falls off the back of the treadmill). This smoothie brings together the typical piña colada flavors with coconut oil (no, it doesn’t make the smoothie greasy, just adds to the taste), frozen pineapple chunks, banana to add creaminess and a squeeze of lime. The greeña comes from kale — you can taste no hint of it and it’s a great way to add calcium and fiber to a smoothie. Many tropical cocktail mixes are made with high fructose corn syrup, so this easy homemade alternative skips the over-processed additives in lieu of fresh, whole ingredients.
½ frozen banana, cut into chunked
½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 ½ tsp. coconut oil
⅛ cup pineapple shavings (or coconut milk for a smoother drink)
1 large leaf of kale, stripped of the stem and torn into pieces
½ cup almond milk
squeeze of fresh lime
Put banana, pineapple, coconut oil and shavings, and kale into a blender and pulse until finely chopped. Add the almond milk and blend until smooth.
P.S. – I totally thought that I came up with the name Greeña Colada, until I googled it and saw it’s already a thing. Is this how Al Gore felt when the internet happened?